Former VCs’ body keen to resolve KSOU issue

The forum has suggested conducting an eligibility test to the students who have pursued the education in KSOU from 2012 to 2015.

Former vice-chancellor, also president of Forum of Former Vice Chancellors of Karnataka State Universities (FVCK), S N Hegde and former VC of Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) N S Ramegowda, on Wednesday, said that the forum is ready to intervene in resolving the KSOU issue.

The forum has suggested conducting an eligibility test to the students who have pursued the education in KSOU from 2012 to 2015.

In a press conference here, Ramegowda said that nearly, three lakh students are facing hardships due to the de-recognition of the courses of KSOU. “Though the state government has allowed the KSOU to issue certificates to eligible students who have pursued courses during the period of 2012-15, which has also been accepted by the High Court, it is only a partial remedy to the students of Karnataka only. As per the order, the degrees will be considered only in Karnataka and not in other states. Out of three lakh students, only one lakh students belong to Karnataka and the remaining two lakh are from other states,” he said.

“The permanent remedy to the problem is to conduct an eligibility test to the students. The KSOU, with the approval of the state government, should appeal to the UGC to accept the proposal of recognising the eligibility test. An independent testing agency should be constituted to conduct the test. The test shall be similar to the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) or National Eligibility Test,” he said.

Ramegowda expressed doubts over the KSOU getting recognition from the UGC in the coming academic year too due to technical lapses in the application submitted to the UGC. He said, “Although it is claimed that the KSOU has applied to offer Open and Distant Learning (ODL) programmes for the year 2017-18, it has failed, due to the delay.”

The former VCs said that the forum is ready to assist and support, if the KSOU agrees to refer the issue to the FVCK, either to approach the UGC or the state government. Forum vice president and also former VC of Kuvempu University P Venkataramaiah was present.

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